“The aim right here in Fresno is to separate victims from their traffickers to ship them to a secure place the place they’ll begin a brand new life and to offer them the instruments to clear their title,” he stated.
Because it stands now, native legislation enforcement businesses and the California Division of Justice have one 12 months from a court docket ruling to purge a survivor’s document, which may make it a problem when attempting to go a background verify for work.
This invoice would shorten that point to 90 days of a decide’s resolution.
“These girls who stand with me as we speak and ladies throughout this nation are victims, they’re victims of human trafficking,” Mayor Jerry Dyer stated. “Something that we will do as a society to permit them to return to a standard life is one thing we needs to be doing.”
In the meanwhile, human trafficking survivors are anticipated to pay all fines and meet all probation necessities earlier than they’ll ask a decide to clear their prison data.
However with a prison document, discovering employment is sort of unimaginable.
With out a job, it is exhausting to repay the fines to get their data to be cleared.
“How do you get a job whenever you’ve received a document to pay the fines so you may ask a court docket to vacate against the law,” Patterson stated. “It is a vicious cycle.”
With the governor’s signature, AB 262 would enable human trafficking survivors to ask the court docket to purge their data.
“The laws is on the governor’s desk,” Patterson stated. “We consider it’s self-evident that the state of California wants this type of laws and our hope is that he’ll signal it and signal it quickly.”
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